Oh yeah...I came home with a crisp $100 bill for placing second in the "rated under 900" division, and a crisper $10 for having the highest play in the division: DYEABLE for 96 points (for comparison, the highest play in the "rated over 1500" division was RESIZING for 124 points). The best part: I played DYEABLE on the #1 seed and he challenged it. Fool! I had a bingo (word that uses all 7 letters off the rack) in all games but the last, where I found five or six on my rack but couldn't find a place to hook them). My only loss was by 125 points to the woman who got 4th; my wins were all by 15-65 points.
I think I annoyed people all day by pointing out I hadn't played any face-to-face games in 14 months, and I further annoyed people by not really caring. My opponent for Game 7, realizing there was money and prestige *scoff* on the line, got really twitchy and agitated when I shuffled my tiles for a long time, and used the blank as an O. I just wanted to make good words and not get stuck with the Q. Heh.
I had fun, except for having to explain (twice) to the other guy from Milwaukee that I haven't "been to club" because I just don't ever feel like driving out to Brookfield to play Scrabble at 6 after I push buttons until 5:30. I might visit the new east side club at some point, but there's 80 million other things I like to do...
(If anyone wants information about the Milwaukee area Scrabble clubs, let me know.)